Breastfeeding in the US can be an emotional topic as the struggle continues. Many new
mothers are told they are not producing enough milk or that formula is best. Many moms are left depressed because their birth and feeding goals were not encouraged. Below are some studies on the dangers of commercial formula, homemade formula, breastfeeding and formula ingredients and resources to help you achieve breastfeeding success. I hope after you read the information you can make informed decisions that help you feel empowered no matter your decision.
This article is in no way created so that you can feel bad about past choices or judged. It is simply here to encourage and empower you in your journey through motherhood. There are understandable reasons some women can not breastfeed and I am behind you 100% too. Articles like this one: 13 Reasons Not to Judge Formula Feeding Mothers, help breastfeeding mothers understand your struggle better too!
The A few years back while searching for answers to my migraines, I came upon research on foods that contained the dirty chemical aspartame and MSG. These two chemicals are laced throughout most of our packaged processed 'foods' sold today at your local grocery store as well as some formulas. More than often, they are hidden under other names which are approved due to the very loose labeling laws. Find out more on the dangers of MSG, aspartame and the crazy labeling laws here.
"Infant formulas have been found contaminated with all sorts of toxic chemicals. For example, the CDC found perchlorate, a chemical from rocket fuel, in 15 brands of infant formula, including two brands that accounted for 87 percent of the market share in 2000. The top offenders included Similar and Enfamil. Other contaminants discovered in some infant formulas include:
Melamine (linked to kidney failure)
AGEs (advanced glycoprotein end products)
Genetically engineered ingredients
Commercial formulas often also contain extremely high levels of fructose—little better than feeding your baby a can of soda! Soy formulas should be avoided altogether, as they can have devastating health effects. I would add that you must be careful about the water you use to make up any infant formula. Some drinking water has been found to have high manganese, and children exposed to high level of manganese performed worse on cognitive tests than children with lower exposures. And the water you use should NOT be fluoridated.
Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious, including seizures and death. A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as part of aspartame dangers are:
Loss of taste
The book Prescription for Nutritional Healing, by James and Phyllis Balch lists aspartame under the category of "chemical poison."-Dr. Mercola
If you choose to go with a commercial brand please take the time to examine all the ingredients as your baby's virgin gut is still immature and susceptible to bacteria, pathogens and other gnarly stuff.
There are several homemade formula recipes that mothers can make to support the life of their sweet newborn. These include cow, goat, liver and whey. The recipes found on Dr. Mercola's website can help you to navigate different recipes and their health benefits while avoiding the toxic stew that may be lurking in regular commercial brands.
Breastmilk and Formula Ingredients
Douglas College compared breast milk ingredients and formula, and the results are astonishing! AS posted on BellyBelly's website, here is the list:
Partially hydrolyzed reduced minerals whey protein concentrate (from cow’s milk)
High oleic safflower oil (or sunflower oil)
M. alpina oil (Fungal DHA)
C.cohnii oil (Algal ARA)
Vitamin A acetate